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on current tv. >> bill: 26 minutes after the hour. thursday june 14. talking about mitt romney. he left council bluffs, iowa, last week and that's where by the way, he said that president obama just didn't understand what americans want is firing more of our teachers, firing more of our firefighters and firing more of our police officers. but he certainly left a bad taste in the mouth of one diane bower who is the head of this cafe for the way he treated her treated her cafe and treated her employees. what's it say about mitt romney? ray is calling up from up in buffalo, new york. hi ray. >> caller: good morning, bill. i think this points out mitt romney's -- he doesn't understand the average american. he's out of touch. he lives in the world of the 1%. and that was -- that was really who he is. it is a blatant callous disregard for average people.
>> bill: you know, it would be like going into somebody's house, right? >> caller: exactly. >> bill: and trashing their house and not even saying hello to the owners or the people who live there. >> caller: very low-class as compared to somebody like bill clinton or barack obama who can relate to average people and this is what the republican party is. they picked a corporate vulture for a candidate. >> bill: in fact, ray you remind me. i remember another event back again when i was state chair in california, we had it at a home in sacramento and there were a lot of wealthy people there. high donors before clinton went in to say hello to them, he went into the family room where the couple who lived there had their kids themselves and their kids and i think some maybe the parents of some -- immediate family and clinton spent about a half hour in there just talking with them before he went out to greet anybody else. the guy had class.
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delivering vital services and a brighter future. you can find out more about their good work by going to ua.net. with the utility workers a big dispute, contract negotiations now going on up in new york city. i was hoping to join my brothers and sisters tuesday for a big rally in downtown manhattan. couldn't make it. but we're joined this morning by the president of uwua local 12, harry farrell to tell us all about their troubles up there. harry, good morning. thanks for joining us. >> good morning, bill. >> bill: so what's going on? you guys, first of all, you work with con edison is the utility there, correct? >> yes, it is. it is our largest employer. we represent about 8500 members. >> bill: what are they -- first of all your contract is up now with your members?
>> our contract expires at the end of the month june 30th. >> bill: june 30. what are they offering or trying to do? what's the issue here? >> well they're really not offering anything, bill. they want to take away all of our core principles, things that we fought for over the past 70 years. that's pensions, medical sick time and our wages. we're talking about a corporation here that made record profits last year. what they want to do is they want to take everything away from us. >> bill: what i was going to say, what is the justification -- what bad shape are they in, the justification for taking away your pensions, your medical benefits and anything else you've fought for and won? >> they're not in bad shape. just yesterday the stock was at $62.35 a share. to me, that's not a corporation that's hurting.
that's somebody that's doing very well, especially with today's economy. >> bill: and do you see this -- isn't this what's going on with public employees public service workers across the country, harry? mitt romney saying we need to fire more teachers and cops and firefighters? >> we see it all over, bill. you know, we represent one unit out in astoria queens. they are public employees. as everybody knows, they don't have the right to strike. the only thing that we have left as far as i'm concerned is our labor. that's the only thing that we can withhold from these people who are so greedy that all they care about is themselves. we have a ceo of a public utility that is raking in close to $60 million a year. >> bill: whoa. >> that's where he's at.
>> bill: then once they cut the pensions and the medical benefits of the people who work in these plants, let me ask you this. i don't know -- the politics up there. does the mayor have any jurisdiction over con ed or the governor? is there any politician that ought to get involved here? >> absolutely not bill. it is a privately-owned company. whether or not they would have any influence over the ceo as far as whether or not we would be locked out or they would force us into a labor dispute we would have to strike. that's up to them. they usually like to back off things like this. they would rather not get involved. >> bill: way to stand up for their friends when their friends need help. we're talking to harry farrell the president of the utility workers union of america local 12 up in new york city. harry, you've been around that company a long time. tell me about your story. how many years you've put in and
what rewards -- you know that you get as a result of it. >> well, let me just explain a little bit about myself. when i started with the company back in 1964, they made me a promise. they said to me that if i worked hard, i would progress. i would make some better salaries than i started out with. i would have a medical plan that was beyond anybody's in the city at that time. and you know what? that's what i did. i did that. for almost 37 years as a con edison worker. and in the '70s, when i was a young splicer working in manholes and splicing the cable the asbestos we were working around, they kept on telling us there was nothing wrong with it. that there was nothing wrong with this chemical that we were using.
>> bill: yeah. >> fast forward 30 years later a lot of my members a lot of the guys i represent are now walking around with lung disease called asbestosis. it is a death sentence. if you don't die of some other illness, you're definitely going to die of this lung disease. and what they're basically telling us we don't care about the 30 years the 35 years or 40 years of service you gave to this company because you don't really mean anything to us. it is all about the bottom line. it is all about profits. it is all about the stock price. it is all about the dividend. that's what it's all about. they have a motto that says the people you know, the people you can trust. eh! i don't know anybody that could trust them anymore, bill. it is a different world today. >> bill: another broken promise. we've seen the broken promises all across the land. harry farrell you're fighting
the good fight. we're totally behind you up there with your members our brothers and sisters. so thank you for joining us this morning and keep up the good fight. i know you will. thanks, harry, good to talk to you. that story has been repeat and multiplied in city after city, county after county, state after state across the country and we see the republican governors are going after the public service workers and here's another example up in new york city. it is an outrage. we have been talking about mitt romney too. says a lot about mitt romney going into this cafe in council bluffs iowa. his campaign trashing the cafe. he didn't even take time to say hello to the owner! joey is calling out in chicago. hey, joey. >> caller: good morning, bill. good morning everybody. how much money do you need -- >> bill: joey, wait a minute. joey man, out in darien, illinois on saturday. first thing i asked when i
walked into that big crowd at the frugal muse bookstore was where's joey! a lot of people there. i said joey, i want to see you. raise your hand. >> caller: bill, bill, i'm so upset. that's my volunteer day. by the time i got out i said i will be there next time guaranteed. >> bill: another promise. another broken promise. >> caller: i tell you something in common with republicans on that one. >> bill: all right. i wanted to bust you joey. >> caller: bill, you did. i was dreading this phone call. i really was. how much money do you need, bill to lose your manners? republicans, their grandparents would be so ashamed of them, the way they act. just because you have money doesn't mean you don't have to have manners. every one of you people should take your money and go take a finishing class and learn how to
act civilized. i swear to god this is going to backfire on them greedy sons of bs. i swear to god bill. i will see you next time. >> bill: all right joey, good to hear from you. you're still my buddy in chicago. it does say a lot. i think joey is right. their parents and grandparents would be ashamed of them. you know, come on. come on. don't be so hautey you can't say hello to the hired help. brian calling up from up in troy new hampshire. hey, brian. >> caller: good morning, bill. i love your show. >> bill: thank you. >> caller: i got a great idea. the cav foy owner i understand the president is going to come out and say the republicans rang up the tab. tie them together and call it dime and dash economics. >> bill: you know, i think obama could use this right? can you imagine anything --
shows more disdain right for again, the little people. the 99%. >> caller: how many examples have we seen? >> bill: that's right. all the way back to tackling the guy down and cutting his hair off. brian, good to hear from you. keep watching and tell your friends. we'll continue to bring you the news of the day and take your calls at 1-866-55-press. when we come back, jamie diamond expected a rough time in the united states capitol yesterday. well maybe he didn't expect a rough time because it looks like he bought off all of the senators before he got there. we'll tell you all about that, too. what a big day here on the "full court press." we'll be right back. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. conservative tonight.
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capital, yesterday was going to be a showdown, right. okay. so jamie diamond head of jpmorgan he is the guy -- the number one guy who said don't worry about what happened in 2008. you know, on wall street, we know what we're doing. we can take care of this. we don't need any new regulations. we don't need any stinkin' dodd frank. get off our backs and let us do whatever we want to do. let us destroy the economy again if we want to. just get off our cases. this is jamie diamond, all right? so what? so we get dodd frank which still hasn't kicked in. he's spent -- i don't know how many lobbyists to washington to try to undo dodd frank even before it kicks in. and then a couple of weeks ago we find out that did they learn their lesson? hell no. jamie diamond and jpmorgan do another one of those very -- they think very clever tricks,
very clever games that they play with our money. their investor's money and they blew in one trade $2 billion. all right. so right away, a lot of people say hey maybe we do need some new regulations. afterall jamie diamond was wrong. he comes yesterday to capitol hill. he is to testify in front of the senate banking committee. the first thing he does, of course is he apologizes. >> this portfolio morphs something that rather than protect the firm, created new and potentially larger risks. as a result, we've let a lot of people down and we're very sorry for it. >> bill: all right. there he is. very sorry. all right fine. somebody wrote that for him. again so you would think this is a guy, the number one guy on wall street. this is a guy that brought this economy to its knees. this is a guy, one of the guys who is responsible for millions of americans losing their
shirts, losing their homes losing their pensions, losing their retirement plans. you would think when congress finally gets him in front of them, right, that they would take this guy on across the board. certainly republicans and democrats both have people that they represent who got wiped out by people like jamie diamond and instead, they kissed his butt. here is a little medley of republican senators slobbering all over jamie diamond. >> you're obviously renowned, likely so, i think as being one of the most, you know, one of the best ceos in the country for financial institutions. it is a blip on the radar screen. >> i really appreciate you voluntarily coming in to talk with us. it is important that we talk about things happening in the industry. i think it will advise us, help us as we look forward and
hopefully it will contribute to best practice scenario in the industry and i appreciate your emphasis on continuous quality improvement. we can hardly sit in judgment of your losing $2 billion. we lose twice that every day here in washington. plan to continue to do that every day. it is comforting to know even with the $2 billion loss in trade last year -- >> bill: this is tea party guy. >> had a $19 billion profit. >> you made the statement the answer isn't more regulation. it's smarter stronger regulation. and i absolutely strongly agree with that. >> bill: unbelievable! and one senator even said now what would your suggestions be? do you have any suggestions for us on how we could cut the deficit?
[smooching sounds] >> bill: for jim demint, he's the head of the tea party slobbering all over him saying we can't sit in judgment with what you did. are you kidding? look at what they did to this country. we're still -- we're still crawling out of -- trying to crawl out of the hole that they put us in. and these senators -- i'll tell you what. you know why they wouldn't take him on. you know why they slobbered all over them because he owns them lock, stock and barrel. look at the money. i gave you the numbers yesterday. wall street, $37 million that mitt romney has gotten out of wall street. $4 million in terms of campaign contributions. $4 million going to barack obama. it is just sickening. and it is sad. and it just shows these guys -- i don't -- i think it is too strong to say that these republican senators are for sale. they're for rent. that's how easy they are.
and jamie diamond has bought them all off. this guy -- he should have been pilloried by the republican and democratic senators. he should have been used as the classic case example and proof of why we need strong, new tough regulation on wall street to prevent their playing the same old games again and to prevent the same thing happening that happened in the fall of 2008. october 2008. at any rate, jamie diamond man all of the money he spent on those republican senators certainly paid off for him yesterday, didn't it? >> who says he's bad at investing? >> bill: yeah, that's right. he knows where to spend his money. and he knows where he can get a cheap lay too. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." and everyone likes 50% more cash -- well, except her. no!
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>> announcer: taking your e-mails on any topic at any >> announcer: take your e-mails on any topic at any time, this is the "bill press show." live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: hey welcome. good news from bill out in laguna nigel california. couple of weeks ago, we did our tape of the belgium beers. so bill tells us he went to a whole foods market in laguna past weekend. they have an entire display, he said of all belgian beers. must be about 100 of them. he found the ones we had on our show. rodin bach, stickerrens and
quack. >> they had them all? >> bill: yeah. >> that's fantastic. >> bill: he bought the rodinbach. it is now his favorite beer. >> that's my favorite of the bunch. >> bill: it was mine, too. that was the one they said tasted like good wine. it was really, really good. so hopefully they have whole foods in the d.c. area. they do but i haven't checked them out. >> it is tricky here because some of them can't sell beer because we live in maryland and virginia and around -- >> bill: oh, right. steve traffic up in buffalo wants to know why is it okay for mitt wit -- i like that name. mitt wit to say things that aren't -- to say things aren't as good as they should be yet it is out-of-bounds for president obama to say that things could have been a lot worse? very good question. that's one we ought to ask members of the media who don't give obama a break on that case. we'll be back with dan stone
[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> bill: hey what do you say? good morning everybody. welcome to the "full court press" this thursday morning june 14. great to see you today. thank you so much for joining us. good to have you on board as we tackle the big issues of the morning. here in our nation's capital around the country and around the globe. john awards is a free -- john edwards is a free man after the justice department dropped charges against him. continuing violence in syria and
horrific explosions killing 90 people in various parts of iraq yesterday. here in our nation's capital jamie diamond from jpmorgan coming to capitol hill and republicans slobbered all over him. what do we know about mitt romney? we know a lot more about him after his visit to council bluffs iowa. his campaign took over a cafe, trashed it. mitt romney didn't even take time to thank or shake hands with the owner. he doesn't like little people. all right. we'll get into that and a whole lot more. but first let's go out to los angeles for today's current news update from jacki schechner. hello, jacki. good morning. >> good morning, everybody. it looks like $40,000 is the magic number this week. the president attended a $40,000 a ticket fund-raiser in d.c. last night. tonight he and the first lady will have dinner in new york city with sarah jessica parker and matthew broderick at their home where the fashion industry is expected to be well represented. you may remember that sarah jessica parker made this ad to promote the event at $40,000 a pop, donors will dine amongst
vera wang, michael kors and anna winter who made a video for the fund-raiser. meryl streep who played a version of anna wintour is expected to attend tonight too. >> beam advisor says it is the first time the president's been outraised by an opponent since 2007. speaking of big money billionaire casino developer sheldon adelson has just given $10 million to the pro-romney super pac restore our future. adelson and his wife have donated some $25 million to conservative candidates and committees through april. the bulk of that went to backing newt gingrich for president. "boston globe" pointing out two fascinating contradiction inherent in this donation. first romney's church condemns gambling and he doesn't believe in the wealthy influencing our
election but then goes on to say as long as it is do-able he's going to do it. figures. we're back with more after the break. stay with us. current tv for one week only until the fall. tone down her opinions? >>sorry, i can't hear you. what? [[vo]]or tell her she has to stick to a script? >>forget it. [[vo]]that will never happen on current. >>try to be a little more conservative tonight.
>> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >> bill: jamie diamond came to capitol hill yesterday and republicans welcomed him with open arms. in fact, they slobbered all over him. hey, what do you say? hello, everybody. happy thursday. it is thursday, june 14. great to see you today. we're up and adam here on the "full court press".
tackling the big stories of the day. whether it is happening here in our nation's capital where jamie diamond -- it was a lovefest yesterday particularly with the republican senators. john edwards got some good news yesterday. the department of justice saying we're going to walk away from this turkey. we're not going to try to re-try the john edwards case. and serious and troubling news on the syrian front when it looks like secretary of state hillary clinton told us yesterday russia's about to send attack helicopters in for the assad regime to use against its people. wherever it is happening we'll bring you the news of the day and take your calls at 1-866-55-press. good to see you all today and especially happy to welcome back to the studio, as a "friend of bill," he's a "friend of bill" whether he's here in the studio or not daniel stone covers the white house and the congress and just about everything else for daily beast.
>> good morning, sir. >> bill: good to see you. >> thank you. >> bill: as well as members of our team. peter ogborn, dan henning and cyprian bowlding. >> we're all here. >> bill: bring you up to date on a couple of stories. we talked last week, i don't think you were here, dan earlier this week, the kkk had applied to clean up a -- be responsible for cleaning up the litter on a stretch of highway in georgia. they were turned down. yes. i can't believe it. >> what was the rationale? >> bill: for turning them down? the name of the organization is the kkk. >> i didn't get that part. >> this is a tragedy! we was going to clean up the street of georgia and they can't even let us exercise our right to clean highways! and by clean we mean no black people on it. >> bill: they said they weren't racist. they just weren't going to let any black people drive on the highway. >> a little caveat.
>> the fine print. >> bill: the real reason they turned them down is they discovered most people would take their trash to that stretch of highway knowing that the kkk highway. it didn't work. the big story is john edwards. department of justice finally did the right thing and said okay, we made a mess of it the first time. we're not going back. i don't think they should have brought that case in the first place. but i'm glad they showed some sense and said it it's over. we spent enough money on that one. >> he's a free man now. >> bill: he can practice law and probably get a radio talk show. >> he hasn't sunk that low. [ laughter ] >> something tells me his life is still not markedly better. i still think he's in the basement there. >> down in the differents. >> bill: i think he's going to have a hard time getting a job. this dan, i waited until you were here to make this big announcement. i'm excited. you know my new book, "the obama hate machine." >> sure.
>> bill: heard from the publisher yesterday. paperback edition. >> nice. >> bill: it will be on the stands end of august. we still have -- you can still get a signed copy of the hard cover. going to our web site, billpressshow.com. the paperback will be on its way. >> awesome! >> congratulations! >> the hard cover on my nightstand. so i'll replace it with the paperback. >> sleep next to bill press at night. >> it is under his copy of "fifty shades of grey." >> bill: i'm excited to have the paperback. we've got a lot coming up with dan stone, "friend of bill." donna edwards will be joining us in the next hour. congresswoman donna edwards and dan and i will be joined by the number two guy paul shapiro from the aluminum ain society -- humane society of america. they do great work. we'll find out their latest projects but first -- >> this is the "full court press."
>> 27 up, 27 down. san francisco giants pitcher matt cain threw the team's first ever no-hitter helping beat the houston astros 10-0. threw a career high 14 strike-outs and now has the season's second perfect game. no hits, no walks no runs scored. >> that's amazing. is it just me or has this been happening more and more? >> bill: it seems like it. >> i wonder what it is. >> steroids. >> two of them, it is the sixth no-hitter of the season already. >> wow. there was like decades between when this happened. >> bill: used to be. >> a new round of doping allegations for cycling star lance armstrong. "the washington post" reports the u.s. anti-doping agency has accused the seven-time tour de france winner and five members of his support staff of engaging in a massive doping conspiracy from 1998 to 2011. the charges include previously unpublicized allegations against him. he could get stripped of four
titles a two-year federal investigation into his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs was dropped last february. >> bill: so when are they finally going to catch up with lance armstrong? >> i have never -- i have never believed it. i read his memoir 20 years old. he said i've never done it. i said okay, he's never done it. >> bill: you don't believe it? >> i don't. all of these charges we've never seen any report or evidence. or maybe you're skeptical. >> he's doping. there's no way he's not doping. >> why would you do it? if you're the leading cyclist in the world you've won this award seven times the premier event. >> if you're not cheating, you're not trying. >> if you know there are all of these agencies. >> bill: he hasn't gotten caught. >> they take their blood and urine before and after every race. it seems risky. i couldn't imagine doing it. >> wait a minute, are you on dope right now?
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one piece of advice that they gave the obama campaign that would rocket it ahead of the romney folks was ignored. that these folks running the president's campaign are incompetent. they can't get the messaging right. they can't get the president at the right place and the right time and get the right amount of money. you're right. he's going to reboot his campaign but remember it is june and i think we're going to see plenty of the cycles of both candidates looking inept and incompetent, out of whack before november. >> bill: yeah. he hit a rough patch. no doubt about it. but is is june. good point. and it is not like mitt romney is saying anything new. what have we heard from romney in terms of -- that's really -- proves that he -- he either knows what he's doing or he's going to turn things around. it is still -- with romney, we're getting sort of recycled bush economics. >> right. that's the good news for the
obama folks. it is june. all of the wounds for the president over the past week, two weeks have been self-inflicted. there's been the poor jobs report that was sort of objective in the economy and then the misstatement that he made. the poor quote that he made in the white house briefing room. you know, i think when november comes, we know this. voters expect more than just an alternative. more than someone saying i'm not obama. mitt romney has yet to really make his strong case that he provides more to the presidency than just an alternative to the president. >> bill: it was only maybe six weeks ago that mitt romney and everybody else were talking about gas prices and how high gas prices are. and by summer, they were going to be over $5 and it was barack obama's fault. he wasn't doing anything. he wasn't showing any leadership. donald trump talked about it. rick perry talked about it. mitt romney talked about it. yesterday in south carolina, the gas prices now are under $3.
the average across the nation is $3.54. higher in california. lower in a lot of states. let's say under $3 in south carolina. have you heard mitt romney or republicans giving barack obama credit for lowering the gas prices? >> no. certainly not. >> bill: have you heard the media talking about lower gas prices? >> i have a piece slated for today on just this topic. >> bill: it is freaking outrageous to me. >> they were wrong. they were absolutely wrong. >> bill: they dump on obama whenever there's any bad news and with any good news. in fact, peter, i want to play the quote from mitt romney yesterday where he said obama doesn't deserve any credit at all. you know what i mean? this makes our point here, dan i think. >> he's not responsible for whatever improvement we might be seeing. instead, he's responsible for the fact that it has taken so long to see this recovery and the recovery is so tepid. >> bill: so any good news, he gets no credit for but all of the bad news he gets blamed for.
>> welcome to washington. politics. under the obama administration, domestic drilling has been at a record high. it has been almost double what it was about a decade ago and gas prices are not at record lows but they're certainly not charting that record high and that record increase that we've seen in drilling. so the two are unrelated. republicans are clearly wrong on this point. we're not at $5. we're not going to get to $5 this summer, i hope, god will willing. i don't know if full credit rests with the obama administration either. >> bill: i want to -- we're talking about mitt romney and we talked about this in the last hour. you probably saw the story. it was after the president said the private sector is doing fine. he corrected himself. he meant to say of course, relative to the public sector. mitt romney was in council bluffs iowa. that's where he said doesn't obama get it? the american people, that's what they told us in wisconsin. they want us to fire more teachers and fire more firefighters and cops.
something else happened in council bluffs, iowa. he had a little roundtable with some supporters at the main street cafe. and we learned from a local television station and the owner of the main street cafe that it wasn't very -- it wasn't a very pleasant experience for her. the campaign came in, they took over the cafe, moved the furniture around, ripped the tablecloths up, threw them in the back somewhere. the security wouldn't let paying customers use the bathrooms while romney was there. they broke some stuff. they ripped a hole in the roof. and then romney didn't even greet the staff or say hello to the owner of the cafe. her name is diane bower. here's how she sums it up for the local tv station. i want to ask you what you think it all means. >> my tablecloths they just get ripped up, waded up, thrown in the back room. >> reporter: the campaign did tell her they would pay her back
for any damages. >> my dad's picture an emblem my dad gave me. it got broke. those are things you can't really replace. >> reporter: staffers found out she was upset after some reporters posted about it online. that's when she got a call from romney himself. >> he responded well i'm sorry your tablecloths got ripped up, waded up and thrown in the back room and i took it as a mocking. we're the ones he's wanting to get the votes from. you would think we would have been treated a little bit better. with how he treated me is that how he's going to treat others? if he gets in office, is he going to be that way to us little people? >> is that what he's going to do in the white house too rip up the tablecloths? that's her point. >> bill: the way he treated me, is that how he's going to treat the little people? >> it is inexcusable to do that especially to a private citizen offering their space. these events, these campaign events, especially in these
swing states across the country happen all the time. we see the photo ops of candidates going to get the local food, the local flair. certainly they could have acted better. i wonder if this sort of stuff happens all the time when you take the washington infrastructure, the secret service, all of the staff, the news media and you converge on this place that's used to hosting some retirees for two hours a day for some split pea soup and of course it gets trashed. >> bill: yesterday, president obama was at kenny's barbecue right down here on 8th and maryland. i know for a fact -- i wasn't there but i know for a fact he shook hands with everybody who works there and with the owner and when he left there, they were feeling good about it. i simply -- peter and i have been down to bones -- what was it? 12 bones? >> 12 bones. >> bill: in nashville where obama had been. they love the fact he was there. these are very important cient kind of events. one glimpse that they ever have, some of these people, ever,
ever, into a guy who's -- or a woman running for president. when they come in, they have -- i think it says a lot about mitt romney and who he is and basically disdain for middle class people. he's never had to hang out with them. certainly never been one of them. >> i think many of these stops are huge local endorsement opportunities. they'll put mitt romney's picture on the wall. some places would. this place certainly won't. but the locals see it. they get all excited. they have the mitt special on the menu. it can be huge. i think this is a squandered opportunity for them. >> bill: exactly. daniel stone is here from "newsweek" at daily beast. you can follow him on twitter at danstone1. >> bill: oh! i thought it was an exclamation point. dan stone1. >> but very enthusiastic.
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shapiro, the number two guy at the humane society of america in the next segment. dan stone here's -- you and i have to cover a lot -- not just politics but a lot of politics. this story caught my attention this morning down in webster texas. they had an election for the city council. and the two candidates got -- each got 111 votes each. >> uh-oh. >> bill: so it is a tie. how do you settle a tie in texas? >> there's no tiebreaker? you a gun duel. >> bill: they rolled the dice. one rolled a 5. the other rolled a 4. that's the winner. don't you think -- we could learn something from that, don't you think? jamie diamond comes to town yesterday. here's the guy the number one guy on wall street who is saying we don't need any stinking regulations. jpmorgan loses $2 billion.
he comes in yesterday and you think this is going to be the -- they're really going to say now we've got you. you're the guy who almost brought this economy to its knees. instead, the republicans slobbered all over him. why? >> why? clearly, you look at the campaign contribution trail. it is a pretty clear relationship between where the money comes from and how the policies get made. >> bill: i think you're exactly right which is pretty sad, isn't it? >> of course. absolutely. he came in there and they just -- they didn't hold his feet to the fire. that's for sure. >> bill: one of them even said do you have any ideas for us as to how we can solve our deficit? we certainly couldn't criticize you because we lose a lot of money around here. it was just -- it was sickening! the way they slobbered all over him because he owns every single one of them. pretty sad isn't it? >> pretty true. >> bill: what do you say? we care about animals and we'll
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one of the big issues in front of the united states congress before their break is the farm bill and one of the big issues related to the farm bill is an amendment proposed by senator dianne feinstein my good friend from california. related to treatment of hens, particularly laying hens from where we get our eggs. leading the fight on that issue is the humane society of the united states of america. paul shapiro the vice president for farm animal protection of the humane society. hey, paul, nice to see you. >> hi, bill. >> bill: thanks for coming in. we're joined as a "friend of bill" by daniel stone from "newsweek" daily beast. what's this all about paul? what is the condition -- why the need for this amendment? what's the condition out there? >> well, thanks, bill. >> bill: for laying hens. >> unfortunately, the condition for the hundreds of millions of birds we use in the egg industry
is pretty dire. the birds are locked inside of tiny wire cages so small they're unable even to spread their wings. you think about it, each bird has less space than a single sheet of paper on which to live for more than a year before she is slaughtered. >> bill: 8 by 10. >> 8 by 11 piece of paper. take 2/3 of the piece of paper that's how much space one bird has on which to live for more than a year before she is slaughtered. it is difficult to imagine a more miserable existence. a number of states including california have been passing laws to try to reform the egg industry. to try to require these animals have more space that we give them somewhat better conditions. we're not talking about going to old mcdonald's farm but we're talking about reducing the misery the birds are enduring. essentially, what senator feinstein's amendment would do is require that these birds get more space. double the amount of space per
bird they're getting now. they get environmental enrichments important to them to engage in their normal and natural behaviors and a labeling system for egg cartons to better inform consumers of what types of eggs they're getting. right now, it is like a wild west when it comes to egg cartons. you might look at it and see an image of chickens out on the prairie. maybe a cartoon of a red barn with birds pecking around in the dust outside. >> bill: that's what you always see. >> in reality, the most likely scenario is the eggs came from birds who were confined in cages where they were immobilized their entire lives. we want to better empower and inform consumers to make better choices in the market place. that's one of the important provisions of feinstein's amendment. >> bill: isn't the problem they're still in cages? they're not free range. >> there's no doubt. that would be better. we would all prefer that no doubt. but at the same time, we have to keep in mind the economic realities for this industry and the fact is that right now 95% of all of the laying hens in our
country are confined to cames. about 5% are in cage-free conditions and maybe a little bit less than 1% are in free range conditions. and so what this would do is it would raise that bottom. it would raise the basement so that the birds who are in cages are going to get a better life. sure, i think that there will also be growth in the cage-free sector. in fact, burger king just last month announced within the last five years it's going to require egg suppliers to supply them with cage-free eggs. you're going to continue to see this in the sector. we need to have some type of a basement for those commodity eggs and have a situation where you can't just do whatever you want to animals. these are our fellow creatures. they deserve some semblance of decency and unfortunately too often, farm animals in our country don't receive that. >> bill: most people don't realize what the conditions are. which is why -- you do such great work at the humane society. >> how would you see?
how would you see what it looks like inside the cages. i wonder -- you know, it is great we want the pleasant living conditions, we want the natural behavior for the animals. what relationship is there between happy animals and our food? is there a marked decline in quality of food, quality of protreen, quality of eggs if these hens are locked up if the hens are confined? >> bill: do we get better eggs if they're -- >> better eggs if they're free range? do we get healthier? >> great question, daniel. so there is a real correlation between our treatment of farm animals and oftentimes the food safety and public health. so, for example, there are numerous studies that show that oftentimes cage-free hen houses have lower incidents of salmonella just as one exam to underscore the point that you're making. i think there is also a general sense that people generally don't want to eat food from animals who are tortured their entire lives. and oftentimes, not just in the egg industry but throughout the meat, egg and dairy industry, we
have torturous conditions for our farm animals and bill, you're right. people are generally not familiar with how food gets to our tables. and the more americans learn about the routine mistreatment of farm animals the greater the outrage is. it is so important for groups like the humane society to shine this bright light on what is relatively a hidden world from american consumer because most people don't know that birds are kept in cages so cramped they can't spread their wings for their entire lives. >> bill: it is chickens, it is also pigs, it is also cows and go down the line. >> absolutely. >> bill: related to what daniel asked i wanted to ask is there a cost difference? i mean obviously it is cheaper for the producers right to have these tiny cages and never let them out and not have to chase them around the barnyard, right? so from a consumer point of view, aren't eggs going to be more expensive if you get where you want to go? >> sure.
oftentimes, the reason why we have these type of factory farming systems that overcrowd animals is because cutting corners by overcrowding animals can reduce costs. that's why it is done most of the time. but they're hidden costs associated with that type of overcrowding. there's not only the increased risk of things like salmonella, increased animal crumety that's born on the backs of the animals and increasingly, the meat industry, the egg industry, the dairy industry are moving out of step with mainstream american values about how animals ought to be treated. that's another cost to have the great disparity between how we think animals should be treat and how animals actually are treated on our factory farms. putting it into cents and dollars, we're talking here about pennies per dozen more. we're not talking about any real substantial increase. an increase, sure. but i think most people would be spend a few pennies more per dozen in order to have the birds at a bare minimum be able to
extend their wings. >> bill: one would expect that the producers the business side of this would oppose any efforts to change their way of doing business. that's not the case here, is it? >> largely it's not the case. what we have right now are a handful of states that have adopted conflicting regulations as for the treatment of laying hens. the egg industry would rather have regulatory certainty. they would rather have one national standard rather than a patchwork of different standards from state to state because eggs are a national commodity that get sold across state lines every day. so the egg industry, by in large, is supporting this amendment as is the humane society of the u.s. the folks who are opposing it are largely the beef and the pork industries because they fear the precedent of having this type of federal protection for farm animals to have any type of anti-cruelty legislation at even the state level, let alone at the federal level the meat and dairy industries are
adamantly opposed to. is so the biggest opponents are the natural pork producers council, the beef association but in a very odd strange bedfellows type of way the egg producers and the animal welfare groups are on the same side in this battle. traditional, mortal kombat enemies are on the same side on this one. >> beef guys are saying first they came for the laying hens and i said nothing so then they'll come next. >> i wonder do we get fewer eggs? does this sort of policy mean we get -- >> no. it doesn't mean fewer eggs, no. >> bill: think the chickens will have a sit-down strike? >> if you give them twice as much space mathematically, you get fewer. if the the global population is increasing. the world is going to need more eggs. >> interestingly, per capita consumption of eggs has been declining for several years for a variety of reasons. at the same time, there are other factors to consider when we give them more space
oftentimes mortality rates get reduced. you have some production enhancement right there. you sometimes can have a greater per egg at a hen level because they're given more space so there can be production enhancements. not to say it is going to make it cheaper. it won't do that. but there are other producer benefits even though it will increase the cost of production. we're not talking about something so substantial here that you're going to see some huge drop-off in production. >> bill: this amendment now -- amendment to the farm bill. people can -- you're encouraging them to call their senators. >> absolutely. >> bill: vote for the feinstein amendment. >> that's exactly it. >> bill: the farm bill which will introduce the new standards, right? >> yeah. right. people should call their senators and urge them to support the feinstein amendment to the farm bill to help egg-laying hens. that's all they need to say. it is critical. we're seeing massive resistance to this bill from big
agribusiness who don't want animals to have any protection from cruelty whatsoever and yet here is a perfect case where the industry it is -- itself is asking for it. we shouldn't let the beef and pork guys come and throw the egg guys under the bus. make sure these animals get some protections that they deserve. >> bill: paul shapiro is with the humane society. you can find out more about this issue at humanesociety.org. daniel stone a good egg from -- >> how many good puns are there in this story? >> a lot. >> bill: we'll get them all out before the end of the bill. >> it is an eggcellent bill. >> it is enough to scramble your brain. >> bill: stop! >> announcer: radio meets television. the "bill press show." now on current tv.
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>> announcer: heard around the country and seen on current tv this is the "bill press show." >> bill: we're talking humane treatment of farm animals. across the board. hens and pigs and cattle and everything else here with paul shapiro from the humane society of the united states. and daniel stone from "newsweek" daily beast. we're back to you guys in just a second. but first, a little reminder to our viewers and listeners if you are feeling strapped at the end of the month and feeling you need to make a little extra income to make ends meet, check out our good friends at incomeathome.com. you've heard me talk about them before. they're america's leading work from home business.
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seen such lean meat. we raise birds. i gotta tell you chickens need more space than they get because chickens are mean and nasty birds. i don't care what anybody says. they can be carnivores. if they're in too tight a space they attack each other then you have problems of infection which is why the big companies have to keep them on antibiotics and everything else. so if you give them -- give them the space they're penned at night because on the 55 acres we have mr. bear roaming around so we have to do that but chickens and turkey that you raise yourself they don't taste anything like what you get in the store. duck eggs are fabulous. >> you're saying they're better than in the store. >> absolutely. the favor is unreal. and we have neighbors who do grass-fed beef which is completely different than anything you buy in the store. >> bill: hey jessica glad to hear from you. she's a pioneer way ahead of the game i guess. she's got 55 acres too.
what's the story paul, on the hen thing. we've got that. we want people to contact the organization. support this amendment. what about other animals? pigs, for example? i never hear people talk about treatment of pigs and how they're raised. >> you're about to, bill. >> bill: i asked for it. >> you know, look, we have millions of pigs who we use for breeding in this country every year who we lock in what are called gestation crates. these are two foot wide metal cages barely larger than the volume of the animals and bodies. they're unable even to turn around. they're lined up like parked cars immobilized, forced to live like that for virtually their entire lives. these are 500 pound social intelligent animals their i.q. tests show they're smarter than dogs and we force them to live in a state of immobilization locked in a concrete iron maiden to save space and put them so closely together they can barely move an inch for months and
months at a time. little could be more inhumane and crueler. fortunately, we've been able to ban the practice in eight states. >> bill: are these being raised for -- are they raised for food? or to have little pigs? >> sure. these are pigs being used for breeding purposes to breed the pigs turned into pork but we turn these pigs into pork, too. after three or four years of living in crate where is they can't turn around. the only amount of time somebody might be in high school, the kids are sitting there permanently unable to turn around that entire time. and their reward after such a torturous life is they go to the slaughter plant. >> bill: mcdonald's. >> interesting you mention that, bill because just this year, mcdonald's jointly announced with the humane society of the u.s. that it is going to require its pig suppliers to stop using these gestation crates to phase out the practice. unfortunately, the pork industry is still really resisting this.
you see many in the pork industry who are saying no, no, no. we want to continue locking these animals up. we want to keep them in a state of immobilization. and it is indefensible and inhumane and it needs to be banned. the reason why the pork industry is so adamantly against senator feinstein's hen protection amendment is they fear the gestation crate will be next. >> it is cheaper for them, i would think. simple economics. whether or not it is humane, it is certainly not. they fear that their industry could see economic crackdown. >> bill: dan you write about some of the issues. it seems to me behind all of this is a growing awareness of the american people where their food is coming from, how the animals are treated. having an impact. >> that's growing across every sector, every type of food. you probably see this in the work that you're doing. a decade ago people didn't know where their pork came from. how many eggs their hen was laying. now you see -- >> i couldn't agree more.
>> bill: i have to jump in because i'm looking at the clock. we are out of time. paul, you're doing great great work. thank you for what you're doing. thanks for coming in today. humanesociety.org. and daniel stone you're on top of everything. from hens to politics. >> that's my range. >> bill: "newsweek" daily beast. again on twitter at dan stone1. i'll be back to tell you what the president is up to today. thanks guys. >> thank you. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." the new slogan should be "we own
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fuggedaboutit. jpmorgan's jamie diamond came to town yesterday and republicans slobbered all over him. he was there to explain how he blew $2 billion. they didn't care. they love the guy and you know why? because he owns them. he bought them. lock, stock and barrel. yeah. we'll talk about that and a whole lot more. first we go out to los angeles say good morning to our good friend jacki schechner here with today's current news update. hi jacki. >> good morning, bill. good morning everybody. we know the president knows the economy is not all right and that the private sector is not doing fine but that hasn't stopped the romney campaign from latching on. they're releasing a new ad today revolving around president obama's doing fine remarks. it is romney's fourth general election ad but the first to attack the president head on. no word yet on where it is airing but cnn has reported the romney campaign recently made a $3.24 million ad buy in seven
battleground states. among the states are ohio, iowa and new hampshire. three of the states on romney's five-day tour kicking off tomorrow. today both mitt romney and the president are in ohio. it is the first time the two candidates have been in the same state on the same day. romney is hosting an event in cincinnati and as bill mentioned, the president will give a big speech on the economy in cleveland. in other news, former senator john edwards is off the hook now that the justice department has dismissed its case against him. the formal decision came down last night. less than two weeks after the jury deadlocked on five counts and acquitted edwards of one other charge. edwards had been accused of using campaign funds to hide his affair with rielle hunter and the daughter the two had together. the case was legally flawed. the justice department did not elaborate on why it decided no the to re-try edwards on the five counts it deadlocked. the jury saying the move is in the interest of justice. we're interested in your joining
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available but if you want to wait, you can get the paperback at the end of august. we'll have to do another whole round of book signings. some of the places maybe we didn't get to with the hard cover like asheville buffalo. for starters. >> absolutely. >> bill: and denver. >> yeah. >> bill: so there we go. maybe seattle portland. let's go. let's plan it for the paperback edition of "the obama hate machine." two of my favorite women coming up in this hour, congresswoman donna edwards and comedienne liz winstead. here on the "bill press show." the "full court press." but first -- >> this is the "full court press." >> other headlines making news on this thursday, the wheels continue to come off the rails over at cnn. the cable network yesterday announcing it is canceling john king u.s.a. the 6:00 p.m. eastern weeknight program hosted by john king. the situation room will now expand to three hours and john king will again become the chief
campaign correspondent for the network. his show was consistently in third place behind fox and msnbc. >> bill: i'm not surprised. john king is a great reporter but that show just wasn't making it. and this cnn is in bad shape baby. i gotta tell you. and they have fall an long way. when i was around cnn not just because i was there but in those days cnn was number one every hour. it was the number one cable channel and now it is a poor third place. i wonder who's making all of those decisions over at cnn. i think somebody ought to be fired. i won't name any names. [ laughter ] >> the russian ex-spy deported from the u.s. two years ago after getting caught in a sleeper cell continues to stay in the spotlight. anna chapman appeared walking a cat walk at a fashion show in turkey appearing in a long, red dress on behalf of a charity foundation she now runs to help
children with poor eyesight in russia. the femme fatale is modeling and editing a magazine. big change from what she was doing before. >> bill: she went back to russia and got away with it i guess. >> what's a day in d.c. without president obama heading out on the streets for lunch. yesterday he was found here on capitol hill at a barbecue joint. politico reporting he went to kenny's barbecue smokehouse with two active duty military members and two local d.c. barbers. >> bill: i love the fact he took the two barbers. >> part of a fatherhood initiative. >> bill: kenny's barbecue from our studio, right up the street about six or eight blocks. 8th and maryland. i've been by it -- i don't know, a thousand times because i live in the neighborhood. i've never been in it. >> he had beef -- >> have you peter? >> bill: i haven't. we ought to go there.
are they open for breakfast? >> beef ribs, greens, black-eyed peas rice, corn muff muffin and a bottle of water. why didn't they have sweet tea? >> if they had sweet tea shame on him if they didn't. i would imagine a place like that would. >> take tea and dutch sugar in it. >> a good sweet tea is much more than that. >> bill: all right dan, we thank you. waiting for liz winstead. on her way. very close. we are told. in the meantime, liz winstead is not the only one who came to town yesterday. so did jamie diamond. jamie diamond the embattled head of jpmorgan. what's interesting about him this is a guy his firm just blew $2 billion in one of those reckless trades, the same kind of games they were playing financial games they were playing with other people's money before the crash and which
led to the crash of october 2008. and jamie diamond since then has been the leading voice on wall street saying we don't need any regulation. we know what we're doing. we're very responsible people. we're sorry for what happened but it will never happen again and we don't need any new laws, no no, no, no. even after dodd frank passed, he has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists in washington saying we don't want dodd frank to ever kick in. we don't want the bill to be implemented or enforced. jamie diamond getting egg on his face because proving just a month or so ago that they haven't learned anything. still up to the same old games losing $2 billion. so he comes to capitol hill yesterday and everybody is saying this is going to be a shellacking like we've never seen on capitol hill. right? wrong! first of all jamie diamond, he does what he had to do.
he apologized. said he's sorry. >> this portfolio morphed into something that rather than protect the firm brought larger risks. as a result, we've let a lot of people down and we're very sorry for it. >> bill: so then the senators start taking their turns. for the grilling. it is like the contrast between the way they treated different committee of course but senators, the way they treated eric holder the day before where they were -- it was almost a lynching from eric holder. demanding his resignation. how dare you not appoint a special counsel. how dare you not give us every single document we want even though there is an investigation going on to this fast and furious operation. the contrast between the way he was treated and the way that they treated jamie diamond yesterday, unbelievable. jamie diamond they just kissed his ass.
from one -- for three hours yesterday. republicans especially but also sadly a couple of democrats. here is a little medley of senators' voices now questioning -- questioning? slobbering over jamie diamond. >> you're obviously renowned likely so, i think as being one of the most, you know, one of the best ceos in the country for financial institutions. you missed this it is a blip on the radar screen. >> i really appreciate you voluntarily coming in to talk with us. it is important that we talk about things happening in the industry. i think it will advise us, help us as we look forward and hopefully it will contribute to best practice scenario in the industry and i appreciate your emphasis on continuous quality improvement. we can hardly sit in judgment of your losing $2 billion. we lose twice that every day. here in washington.
and plan to continue to do that. every day. it is comforting to know even with a $2 billion loss in a trade last year your company still i think had a $19 billion profit. >> you made the statement the answer isn't more regulation. it's smarter stronger regulation. and i absolutely strongly agree with that. >> bill: can you believe it? by the way that one in the middle saying we can hardly sit in judgment with the fact that you lost $2 billion. that's jim demint, the head of the tea party! if anybody ought to be leading the opposition to wall street, it is the tea party! if they know what they stand for. and then you know, this -- oh, yeah, obviously you say we don't need regulation, anymore regulation. oh i agree 100% with that. oh my god. how sickening! and one other senator even asked him um, do you have any ideas
about how we might -- what we might do about the deficit? it was just -- just -- it was a lovefest and you know why? because he owns every one of them. he bought -- let's change it. he rented every single one of them. yeah. jamie diamond. comes to congress and now we know why there are no new regulations, tough regulations on wall street because of money money, money money has bought every one of them off. 1-866-55-press. "full court press" here on a thursday. june 14. >> announcer: radio meets television. the "bill press show" now on current tv.
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>> announcer: this is the "bill >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: hey, it is 23 minutes after the hour now here on this thursday, june 14. the "full court press." we've been talking about the lovefest jamie diamond head of jpmorgan chase and the united states senate yesterday especially from the republican senators there. not the proudest moment i don't think on capitol hill for a different perspective on that, we are joined in studio by a good friend of the program one of the leading liberals and progressives in the united states congress, congresswoman donna edwards from the nearby state of maryland. hey, congresswoman, nice to see you. >> great to be here this morning. >> bill: thanks for giving us time this morning. stopping by on your way to work.
we try to make it as convenient as we can for you. >> that's great. >> bill: what's going on with the republicans slobbering all over? >> i think it is really clear the marriage between the republicans and wall street is absolutely a perfect match made in heaven because there's almost nothing that the financial sector can do that the republicans will say we need some rules we need some transparency. that was really clear in diamond's testimony. >> bill: yeah. here's a guy who's one of the leaders of wall street who's been the chief opponent of any new regulations. a chief opponent of even implementing the provisions of dodd frank as weak as it is, right. and then he blows $2 billion -- >> in a matter of a few weeks. this is -- this is a really big deal. >> bill: they haven't learned anything. >> they haven't. not just that but they're not interested in learning anything. you know, the fact is republicans, one they want to undo dodd frank. you know, many of us wanted dodd
frank actually strengthened. >> bill: of course. >> because we know that the financial sector needs oversight and needs regulation because so much of our net worth hinges on that and if you look at what has happened with america's net worth during the entire financial meltdown from 2007 until early 2009, i note that's before president obama came in, that americans lost almost 39% of our net worth. a lot of that was due to what happened in the craziness that went on in the housing market and the trading on securities and sort of betting against our interests and jamie diamond came forward, no apologies and said you know what? this was just like a business deal. >> bill: stuff happens. >> stuff happens. we're just going to go back to doing the same old thing and we don't want you guys in our books. >> bill: yeah. i think that's proven. we saw yesterday the amount of money that mitt romney has raised from wall street.
$37 million. >> i thought it was a misprint when i read it. $37.1 million raised from the financial sector and wall street by mitt romney versus $4.8 million for president obama. what we know is that wall street knows where their fortunes lie and they lie with the republicans and that should be a red flag to voters in november that if they want a sector that will continue to go unregulated and put us in jeopardy, vote for mitt romney. otherwise, you gotta have president obama in office. >> bill: what i wonder is what has president obama done that's so harmful to wall street? those firms are backed. the salaries are backed. their bonuses are backed. the market has doubled. under president obama. what's so bad about obama? for wall street? >> well, you know, what's bad -- the only thing that's bad from their perspective is that he wants to put down a few rules so
that ordinary americans -- middle class americans don't have to bear the brunt of their mistakes. they juggle around $3 billion like it is chump change. for the american people, that's significant. in the case of the financial disaster, we're talking a couple of trillion dollars. and so there is a real difference here between the direction and the vision that president obama has to create jobs for ordinary working people, create wealth for ordinary working people and to say to the top 1% and 2%, hey guys, you gotta give up something. >> bill: congress has a lot on its plate. we now know that the republicans in congress and your house have decided that the number one issue that we have to deal with before we take any break for july 4th or whatever is to have a vote on holding eric holder in contempt of congress. >> well and what they -- >> bill: this is the biggest priority? for the house? >> the biggest priority for the house. no not passing a transportation
authorization that would put millions of people back to work. not making sure that women are paid equally for the same amount of work and the same education as men. not insuring that we -- that we protect programs like school nutrition and that we get teachers back to work and firefighters and law enforcement officers, oh no. let's hold eric holder in contempt. it really is ridiculous. we're not even spending any time in washington anyway. people can check. their members of congress are at home doing whatever it is that they're doing but they're not in washington doing the people's business and instead, we're going to come back and hold eric holder in contempt when we've got all of the pressing issues in front of us. >> bill: this reminds me so much of the impeachment of bill clinton, right? >> and it backfired and this is going to backfire, too because the american people realize that you know, we have important work ahead of us and that's about creating jobs and getting this economy going the way it needs to and not the silliness that's
going on there. >> bill: congresswoman done into edwards. we'll continue here on the "full court press" with donna edwards. [[vo]]joy behar is coming to current tv for one week only until the fall. what happens if you ask her to tone down her opinions? >>sorry, i can't hear you. what? [[vo]]or tell her she has to admitted that that look, we were able to keep a lot of the folks because of the stimulus. >> bill: absolutely. again, do you great work, judd. thank you. all of your colleagues at think progress. we'll see you again next
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student loans will double. is it going to happen? >> it doesn't seem like we're moving forward yet. students across this country should be very concerned. one, they're borrowing more because college tuitions costs have skyrocketed. and also parents cannot afford as much as they did before. you might have taken out a home equity loan to pay for tuitions. student loan rates are set to double and republicans have said, the only way we will protect those loan rates from doubling is if we cut school nutrition and women's preventive healthcare. really? these guys, every time it comes to protecting the interests of middle income americans working people, they go in the opposite direction. >> i went to chicago for a book signing for "the obama hate
machine"." a woman came up to me and said i could have bought a house except i'm paying $1,000 a month interest only. >> i know that. when i came out of school, i had $100,000 in student loans. $25,000 was going to the cottage industry we got rid of, and that the republicans--the middle man that the republicans want to bring back. i paid off my very last student loan payment was a month to the day that i was elected to congress. no kidding. the entirety of my adulthood. >> i don't understand why this is a partisan issue. >> it shouldn't be because student loans don't come in d's and r's. >> here's one. figure it out. equal pay for equal work. for women as well as men is a partisan issue. and it is. >> well, it should an family issue. many women work outside of the
home now. what that means when a woman is paid only $0.77 on the dollar for the same work and same experience is that for a family doesn't make 25% of the income it could and should make if we had fair pay laws. the equal pay act has not been updated in 49 years. that's almost my lifetime. look in congressmen and women members of congress, we make the same. that should be the same thing for the american people. >> yes, one would think. congresswoman donna edwards here in theherewith us in "the full press." it was a big election in arizona, sadly to fill the seat of gabby give ford. but she had endorsed her former
chief of stat, and of staff ron barber. >> he won that seat decisively, 52% of the vote. people said you can't use the wisconsin result to though a national trend. well, you can use the result in arizona to be a bell weather because ron barber ran on protecting social security and medicare guarantees. voters in arizona said yep we're with you. we know that you're going to protect that guarantee for us. i think that's a good sign for democrats going forward into the fall. >> and particularly he was up against a tea party republican. >> yes, he was. jesse kelly. very much backed by tea party and outside spending groups, and
ron barber overcame that and the election gets better and improves for the democrats. we'll hold on to that seat he has won. and we need to get 25 seats for democrats to give the gavel back to nancy pelosi. >> you feel hopeful i should say. >> i do. it will require lafayette hard work district by district. we are running at least 75 candidates strongly in districts all across this country. i think we can get at least 25. >> 25, and steve israel has been in the studio with us as head of the triple ccc he has it all figured out. which districts and candidates and he was talking the last time there is something like, maybe 25, maybe more, you probably know the exact number of these tea party districts which barack obama carried.
>> and an additional dozen or so and that obama and kerry carried. i'm co-chairing our red-to-blue program to get the congress back and our chairman--he's working double time and over time along with leader pelosi making sure that our candidates have the resources that they need because there will be outside undisclosed money because of assists united. but we can do this. >> president obama is in ohio today. he will be going to ohio to give a major speech on the economy again talking about the fact that things are getting better, but not fast enough. and he has got some ideas for congress particularly jobs bills that could be passed and we could be doing a hell of a lot better. mitt romney said whatever is happening, obama gets zero credit for any of it. >> romney: he is not responsible for any improvement we might be
seeing. he's responsible for the fact that it's taken so long for the recovery. >> no credit for the good stuff and to blame for all the bad stuff. >> that is pretty amazing. look where the president started, losing 750,000 jobs in the month that he took office. we know that the president acknowledges that we need to do more we've had steady job growth in the private sector for the last 27 months. the president acknowledges, and certainly we do as democrats that it's not good enough, but republicans hold the key to that because they're sitting on the major thing that could create millions of jobs. that's a transportation authorization. rebuilding our roads and bridges and all of our infrastructure, really creating jobs all throughout every sector. a billion dollars would create 35,000 new jobs and the republicans are sitting on it.
if anybody is responsible for us not making the kind of progress we need to, it's definitely not the president and it's definitely republicans in congress. >> congresswoman donna edwards with us on "the full press" this thursday. what happens if you ask her to tone down her opinions? >>sorry, i can't hear you. what? [[vo]]or tell her she has to stick to a script? [[vo]]that will never happen on current. >>try to be a little more conservative tonight.
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>> bill: "the full press," politically correct here. 45 minutes before the top of the hour june 14th. i'm visiting with one of my favorite woman in the world donna edwards and another one of my favorite women lizz z win winstead. oh my gosh, representative edwards is here. what a coup. >> morning. do you remember when we first met. you were co-hosting a show with rachel madou. when one of them would go on vacation, i would sit in and co-host with lizz. >> bill was our go-to gal. >> bill: we had a lot of fun.
>> we did have a lot of fun. >> bill: we do standup comedy. i'm fearless about a lot of things. i would be scared to death that's why i've never done it, to get up in front of a crowd as a stand-up comic. i would be afraid i would bomb. >> i have no other skills. see, this is the thing. you know, it's not rail choice. i think on some level when you decide that you're--it's kind of like a calling. i'm very suspicious when there are comedy classes-- >> bill: aren't you afraid they won't laugh at your jokes? >> here's the deal. aren't you in a field where you're afraid people won't like your opinion or the way you legislate policy and move the world forward. it's the same thing. i'm just standing live doing it.
it's the exact same thing. it's the only thing you have to develop confidence and your material simultaneously. here you are trying to make something better where it's always going to be a level of failure every single time. you get used to it. >> donna: i could not do that. it's an automatic referendum. it feels so personal. >> bill: it would take two years before they vote against you. here i am on television and radio, and i can say anything i want, and i don't give a damn because they're not going to boo me or throw me off the stage. >> they call and yell at you. you get your emails. constituencies and people, i'm sure how many times have you been called a socialist and communist. >> donna: even by my colleagues. >> bill: a badge of honor. >> exactly. you know exactly what i do. you just are not connecting to the fact that you're in a different forum. when you know you're correct and
you have confidence in our what you're saying, you just do it. >> bill: i loved reading your book. the stories are great. did you really fire your parents? >> i had to fire my parents. >> bill: can you believe this, fire your parents. >> donna: i don't want my son listening to this show. >> bill: as creator of "the daily show," her parents were out the first year. >> i'm a big "jeopardy" fan. i was looking at things. why would you look at things becoming bad down the line. since i was busy that america was busy, they did not get to see "final jeopardy" live. it was on earlier in minnesota than other places. so i thought we would air live
"jeopardy." it was learned very quickly that she had no interested, and she would leave it on the e-mail. oh your aunt has another boil on her ear. and we're goinging to drain it. and jeopardy, there is gulag and it's in a book. we were just air her trying to stumble through that "jeopardy." when we did that, a she built an instant audience because she's crazy mom on the air: b "jeopardy" thought it was not one bitten dearing. we heard from their lawyers. we changed the subject and called it trivial compromise and she could make up the questions. it was fine for a year, but it ran it's course. like in television when things run their course, you have to
gently fire the people or the participants which happened to be my parents which was worse daughter ever until we realized that my parents are so hilarious why not having them reading oprah's book club books and reviews on the air. so oprah saved us, yes yes. >> bill: have you ever had so much fun this year as we did during the republican primary? you must admit. it's been a gift from god. >> it has been. but a gift from god is sort of like pink eye in a weird way. when we watch this, and i thought last go-round it count get better when it was christine o'donnell and sharon ingal. >> bill: and sarah palin. >> what oh could be more hilarious until now when they weed down to mitt romney it sort of felt like trying to figure out which package of expireed
meat might be safe enough to eat. now we're with the un--it's just i watch mitt romney. being in the business of having to connect with people or you don't pay your bills, it's fascinate to go watch mitt romney desperately struggle in this completely false way. i feel your pain in his lady wrangles and being out there and, honey don't wear jeans. >> donna: and doing sports or sport. >> he does sport, which is very different. >> bill: sport is he and his wife who fly in around the world in their own jet. talk about being out of touch. >> yes, when i look at the attacks about who is fair game and who isn't when you open your mouth to connect whether it is mitt romney ann romney.
i was in boston when ann romney was on public radio. she said it was very hard when we were in college. mitt had to sell off socks to get through. if you haven't heard this, i you can find it on the internet i thought, i sold plasma, and quite frankly pot. wow, that's where you went. in the motherhood. i firmly believe--i chose not to be a mother. i don't have it in me. i was not one of those people who needed to have it all. i needed sleep and other things that i needed to have. motherhood is in the top three of hardest jobs ever. it's like motherhood coal miner may be the second one or porn theater janitor may be the top three hard jobs. i get when people are upset and they want to hear, you're saying
that motherhood doesn't work? it obviously worked. but if you have to run a home and staff and manage this whole other thing, you should always look to people who have run businesses maybe or just in general when you're talking about the economy. >> bill: lizz z winstead. it's a book "lizz free or die." it's a great book. >> thank you. >> bill: we'll have a link-up on our website. you're the greatest. congratulations. congress womb donna edwards. nice to see you. stop any time on your way to work. >> donna: it's great to see my friends. >> bill: it's great for three liberals taking over the world. back here on "the full press" austin this is the "bill press show."
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